PSY3140 Columbia Southern University Social Norms Discussion Paper


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Question Description


Before you begin this assignment, think about a way to violate one social norm. Do not do anything that is illegal, sexual, harmful to others, or disruptive. Some examples might be singing loudly in a public location (with others around), being too close to a coworker while talking to him or her, or talking to people in an elevator. Take detailed notes after you violate the norm, paying particular attention to the reactions of others.

In your paper, you will need to address the following:

  • Describe the norm you violated.
  • Explain how you felt.
  • Discuss the reactions people had to you.
  • Draw on the social psychology of other people’s reactions to you by using research from the textbook or other resources.

Your response should be at least two pages in length. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

TEXTBOOK: Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M. (2013). Social psychology (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Final Answer


Running Head: SOCIAL NORMS


Social norms
Student’s Name
Professor’s Name


Social Norms

Norms are usually unwritten rules of behavior that are considered acceptable in a
community. These unwritten rules provide order in society (Higgs, 2015). People usually need to
belong, be approved and those who do not follow the rules suffer from the lack of approval and
may be outcast in a group. This is a mode of keeping the society functioning. This paper will
explain how I violated a social norm, how I felt and people’s reaction as well as reasons for their
Norm I Violated: Failure to switch off my phone which has a loud secular ringtone and someone
called me during a church service
How I Felt: I felt shy and a strong feeling of being outcaste was upon me. My body was sweating
and I imagined how I could have taken the advice of the pastor to switch off my phone.
The Reactions People Had to Me: The whole congregation looked...

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